Alaska sends Abueva to Phoenix for Dehesa and 2019 first round pick

Aug 07, 2018

Calvin Abueva is finally freed from the freezer.

But the 6-foot-3 forward, a six-time PBA All-Star player and two-time Mythical First Five awardee, is to bring his act to another team.

Alaska has effectively lifted its indefinite suspension of Abueva in dealing the player to Phoenix Petroleum in exchange for a first round draft selection in 2019 plus second-string wing player Karl Dehesa.

"We would like to thank Calvin for six years of service with Alaska and the good memories. We felt it was best for both Alaska and Calvin to have a fresh start at this time," said the Alaska team in a statement.

Abueva gets his fresh start with Phoenix under coach Louie Alas and assistant coach Topex Robinson.

The three were together for couples of years at Alaska until the two coaches accepted offer to take the rein at Phoenix.

Abueva was a champion player with San Sebastian in the NCAA and with the Alaska Aces in his rookie year in the pro league in the 2012-13 season.

The Angeles City native had had a good ride with the Aces until he faced personal problems.

The Alaska management was forced to slap Abueva an indefinite suspension after the player went AWOL (absence without leave) a second time in the course of their 2018 Commissioner's Cup.

Alaska kept Abueva out of the line-up even as the Aces faced the San Miguel Beermen in a best-of-five semi-final showdown.

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Abueva was suspended at Alaska but was allowed to suit up with Gilas Pilipinas in the tumultuous Gilas-Australia setto. He was among Gilas players meted suspension by FIBA.(SB)